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Obamacare rollout cancels policies, despite President’s pledge

President Obama said people would not lose their current health insurance plans
President Obama said people would not lose their current health insurance plans
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The White House admitted for the first time Monday that President Obama broke his promise that Americans who like their health insurance plans can keep them under the new Affordable Care Act. For several years, as the President pushed for enactment of the health care law, he routinely pledged that people would be able to keep their doctors and their plans. "If you like your health care plan, you will be able to keep your health care plan," President Obama said in 2009.

But now, hundreds of thousands of people across the country have received cancellation notices from their insurers, citing the new law. White House press secretary Jay Carney said it’s because the health care law requires certain minimum standards of coverage. Critics say it’s yet another example of how the law is bad for consumers. But proponents argue that the new standards will provide more comprehensive care for many people.

Meanwhile, Marilyn Tavenner, who heads the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, apologized Tuesday in a Congressional hearing for problems that have plagued the introduction of the enrollment website, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is expected to face a grilling tomorrow from both parties for the roll out of the technologically challenged web site.

If people who buy insurance on the individual market are forced to change plans, will they be better off in the end? Will subsidies off-set the rise in premiums or will consumers be hit hard by sticker shock?


Louise Radnofsky, Health Policy Reporter, Wall Street Journal

Juliet Eilperin, White House Reporter, Washington Post